President’s Notes

Hello Keystoners.

March has arrived, which means camping season is just a month away for those who didn’t migrate South. Like most of you, Arry and I can’t wait to load up our silver Twinkie and get on the road again. The ground hog foretold an early spring which our group celebrated wildly at Will and Karen Kushto’s Ground Hog Day luncheon on February 2. Many thanks to the Kushto’s for hosting and providing a delicious feast and to all who came with other goodies. In addition to our hosts, It was great seeing Peg and George Spahn, Sharon and Wayne Fitzgerald, Barbara and Gerry Hillegas, Arry and Howard Mergelkamp, and one of our new members, Sue Walton.

Sue describes herself as follows:
I’m a retired Clinical Nurse Specialist who also retired as a colonel from the AF reserves after 29 fun-filled years.  In the AF I was on active duty then transferred to the reserves and spent most of my time as a Flight Nurse.

I’m originally from Minnesota in the Minneapolis area and return regularly to visit family and the family log cabin in the north woods.  After 2 visits to Alaska in a rented RV, I decided a trailer was my retirement toy.  In 2015, I settled on an Airstream after seeing the quality construction. I bought a new International Serenity 19’ Bambi as it looked manageable to handle as a single girl having never driven with a trailer in my life.  Oh how things change!

My retirement hobbies are traveling internationally, camping, biking, photography, yoga; and in the winter I spend a lot of time with my “other machine” sewing and hitting NYC for theater and fun.

Welcome Sue. We look forward to travelling with you!

We also welcomed an honorary Keystoner for a day, Howard’s son, Howard III. “Little” Howard was back East for meetings involving companies his Private Equity firm is invested in. He seemed to enjoy the day and I was glad he had a chance to see what to look forward to when he retires.

In addition to Sue Walton, our Unit is pleased to welcome 2 other couples who have joined:

Kathleen and Patrick Quinn from Elverson, PA who have a 2017 22’ Sport and

Kimberly and Michael DeGroat from Fort Washington, PA who have a 2019
20” Flying Cloud

Welcome to the group. We look forward to seeing you soon, hopefully at the next event which is a luncheon at Rick and Andy Pitts’ home on Saturday, March 9.

At the March 9 luncheon let’s finalize our calendar of events for this year. I’m reminded that this year is the 55th anniversary of the Keystone Unit. We will discuss how to celebrate that milestone. We still need volunteers to coordinate a few of our activities so please come ready to raise your hands.

See you soon.